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Property in Oyster Bay Eastern Cape
The roots of the Oyster Bay property market are, like many Cape Coastal resorts from farming. The village of Oyster Bay was originally a large farm (owned by the Potgieter family) called “Graskop” The Tsitsikamma Estates approached the farm owners in the mid 1950’s to buy a portion of Graskop, which was then developed as an Eastern Cape coastal holiday rental resort.
It wasn’t long after that that further Oyster Bay property development started happening. This was aided when a local shop was set up and sites went up for sale to prospective Oyster Bay property purchasers. Following on from this, the first houses in Oyster Bay were built.
Over time the Oyster Bay property market has grown to around 420 erven or plots of which approximately one hundred and seventy or so have been developed into Oyster Bay houses.
Oyster Bay General Information
With it being situated around 15 kilometres to the West of St Francis, access to the village and properties in Oyster Bay today is through farm lands and over meandering gravel and dirt roads. Once you have arrived at this unique “off-the-beaten-track” village, you will be delighted if you are about to embark on a coastal holiday as you are now in a truly secluded area that offers few modern trappings, but affords a simpler, more fundamental way of life.
The quaint village of Oyster Bay is situated on a natural coastal Reserve located in-between Cape St Francis and Eerste River which is taken as the start of the Tsitsikamma Coast in the Eastern Cape and is deemed to be a must-see destination for the eco tourist and lovers of nature. Oyster Bay falls into the Kouga Municipality in the Eastern Cape.
Many coastal holiday makers make Oyster Bay their start point or end point when trekking through the world famous Garden Route. The natural Reserve in Oyster Bay offers stunning dunes, pristine beaches, tempting lagoons, as well as deltas and wetlands.
Oyster Bay Activities
Owners of houses in Oyster Bay will attest to its 1st class surf, rock & deep sea angling. For the little white ball chasers – a round of golf at the famous St Francis Links course is a short drive away and for surfers the famed waves of J-Bay are within striking distance as well. Sand Boarding, hikes and trails, horse riding, mountain biking and kayaking are all popular activities amongst owners of properties in Oyster Bay.
There are a host of other attractions in this (malaria free) area which include amongst them the tranquil Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve, Shamwari Game Reserve, the Baviaanskloof Reserve, and the world renowned Addo Elephant Park (near Port Elizabeth). There are also 2 lesser known rivers in Oyster Bay, namely the Slang & the Klipdrift rivers which feed into the Indian Ocean here.
Oyster Bay’s extensive white sandy beaches are an Anglers dream and for boat anglers there are also a number of sites where boats can be launched with relative ease. The areas water offers a wide variety of fish life including shad, galjoen, mussel-cracker, steenbras and the sought after (and tasty) kabeljou.